Study Guide for Dr. James Cone’s “The Cross and the Lynching Tree”


Cone helps us face the question, “Where is the gospel of Jesus’ cross revealed today?” Not only does he delve into theological issues of atonement, suffering and theodicy, but he also connects the cross to America’s history in terms of civil rights, lynching, and current abuses in the criminal justice system.

The CBCS (Conference Board of Church and Society) Study Guide provides discussion questions and reflections, prayers, hymns, and an introductory video of Dr. Cone himself speaking on the topic, taken from a sermon he gave at the 2012 General Conference. The book is quite short, consisting of six chapters, which works well for the six weeks of Lent, but can be studied at any time.

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